By hand and eye: dance in the space of the artist’s book

Walton, Judith May (2010) By hand and eye: dance in the space of the artist’s book. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


By Hand and Eye: Dance in the Space of the Artist’s Book is a practice-based research project that explores what potential there might be for dancing, or an expanded notion of dance, to be found and/or created in book form. For instance, how might a book dance, rehearse its contents? What relationships can be found or forged between the body and the artist’s book: the movement of the eye, the spacing of thought, temporality and duration, and the choreography of the page? These propositions have been explored and expanded through a tactile, experiential examination of selected artists’ books from the National Art Library (NAL) of the Victoria & Albert Museum, a translation/re-working of existing performances into book form, and the creation of unique artist-made books. The project seeks to embody and enact concepts and questions considered through the research; signalling, suggesting, amplifying, and marking, gestures and rehearsals for movement.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism
Keywords Dance, dance books, performance, art books, artists’ books, artists, art spaces, art exhibitions, dance in art, body movement in art, choreography
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